Canuck Place Children’s Hospice

A few members of the Centra Cares committee had the honour to visit Canuck Place Children’s Hospice David Lede House in Abbotsford. The warmth, love and passion throughout the facility speaks volumes about the importance of Canuck Place in our community. Centra Cares presented a cheque to members of Canuck Place for $81,804.

The funds will go towards supporting the long term version of providing counselling and nursing services to many families. It was gratifying to listen to many stories and experiences about families throughout B.C. and we are so happy that this type of donation will support various services provided by Canuck Place. Take a look at our latest video where members of Canuck Place illustrate the importance of their partnership with Centra Cares.


2018 Centra Cares Home Renovation

We have our winners for the 2018 Centra Cares Home Renovation Contest! Centra would first like to thank everyone who took the time to nominate a family that they felt was deserving of new windows. We had over 300 nominations submitted, which made the decision process extremely difficult. We would also like to extend a huge thank you to Cardinal IG Glass Industries for donating the glass for these windows. Congratulations to Josh and Melissa and the entire family. Thank you for sharing your story.


What does it take to be on the Board of Centra Cares?

Our Centra Cares BOD is comprised of volunteers who have a passion for giving back. Their time is donated and many hours go into organizing our fundraising efforts and events. We want to take this moment to thank two important outgoing Board members; Emily Parson and Jeff Foster whose contributions have been many during their term with Centra Cares.

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Jeff Foster

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Dear Emily and Jeff, Thank you for your commitment of spirit and time!

Emily and Jeff’s impact on our local and global community through Centra Cares cannot be accurately measured or adequately thanked since the work they do is so far-reaching, their time is given freely and they ask nothing in recognition of what they do. Along with the other members of the Board, their time and dedication have allowed Centra Cares to support many local organizations, held successful fundraising efforts such as our Annual Charity Golf Tournament and made two mission trips to Nicaragua.

In 2013 Emily traveled to Nicaragua and in 2015 Jeff made a similar journey in hopes of helping those less fortunate.

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In 2013 Emily was part of a dedicated team of Centra Cares Volunteers who traveled to Diriamba, Nicaragua to help less-fortunate families in need. This team volunteered in the small community of Mojica to help repair their local school, donated playground equipment and built a rancho community center.

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Jeff Foster Reviewing Plans

In 2015 Jeff traveled with a new group of dedicated volunteers to Diriamba, Nicaragua where they donated their time to help build a health clinic in the small community of La Chona.

These charitable missions are an opportunity to make connections, form friendships and gain a new perspective on life. These trips take a commitment of time, money and a mindset of dedication and resiliency in the lives of those that sign on. And while it may seem that we give a lot to these communities, it is our Centra Cares volunteers who take away so much more than they could ever give in these experiences. In order to make a difference, it takes extraordinary team members like Emily and Jeff behind the scenes and on the ground willing to do the work.

Outgoing Board Members Emily and Jeff with re-established 2017 BOD

Outgoing Board Members Emily and Jeff with re-established 2017 Board of Directors. left to right; Rick Heinen, Bonnie Ahara, Emily Parson, Jeff Foster, John Tilstra, Nathan Veenstra, Carey Day (not pictured: Steve Ponte)

Sincerely,  your Centra Cares team.


Highlights from our 22nd Annual Centra Cares Golf Tournament

Our 22nd Annual Centra Cares Golf Classic 2017 was a great success! The donations raised at this year’s tournament will be donated to Make-A-Wish BC & Yukon, Faith and Love Children’s Ministries and a variety of other charities that Centra Cares Foundation supports.

Thank you to everyone who participated and thank you to all of our donors and sponsors! Here are some of the highlight from the tournament.

 


Centra Cares Has Been Busy This Year!

Centra Cares has been BUSY this year! We have worked hard  to help as many charities as possible and we feel that the results are nothing short of AMAZING! Check out this month’s update on what we have been working on over the past few months:

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When images of fire burning through Fort McMurray filled our television sets we knew that we needed to help. Centra Cares immediately went to work raising funds to put towards the Red Cross relief efforts.

Centra’s manufacturing team raised a grand total of $376.25 all on their own. In addition, Centra Cares foundation donated an additional $10,000 to aid the Red Cross in managing the disaster relief efforts and fund in conjunction with the Federal & Provincial Governments.

With the commitment of the Federal Government to match donations, our total donation came to: $20,752.50!

Blind Beginnings

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Blind Beginnings is a BC based organization that aids in helping youth and parents who are blind or partially sighted to participate in unique opportunities to develop skills, challenge limits and achieve their full potential! Centra Cares couldn’t think of a better organization to contribute to, and as such this past June we donated $1000!

La Semila Ministries

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La Semila Ministries is an organization based in Nicaragua working to reach numerous families within the local community by teaching them sustainable living and developing viable agricultural and business plans. They also work to mentor individuals and to introduce them to the Gospel. La Semila and Centra partners together once a year for an annual trip to Nicaragua to aid in their mission – but we also wanted to help them through additional funding. This year we donated $5,000 to aid in the continuing of their ministry!

Hope Haven Guatemala

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Hope Haven Guatemala’s mission is to aid those in international countries, to assist them in overcoming their disabilities, and providing them with sustainable means of housing, independent living and social welfare. Centra’s $5,000 donation will assist in continuing their mission of distributing wheelchairs, installing solar lighting systems and building homes.

 

 


Centra Cares 21st Annual Golf Tournament is Proud to Support….

Our Centra Cares 21st Annual Golf Tournament is proud to announce that this years fundraising efforts will go towards to wonderful charities! This year we are pleased to support:

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  • Special Olympics: Special Olympics is committed to enriching the lives of individuals with intellectual disabilities and, in turn, the lives of their family members, friends and everyone they touch. Special Olympics gives athletes the chance to gain sport skills and improve their health while enjoying training that could take them to competitions at local, regional, national, and international levels. But the benefits from Special Olympics programs go well beyond the basics: athletes experience joy and acceptance, cultivate friendships and self-confidence, and feel empowered to overcome obstacles and achieve their goals.

Athlete’s Oath:Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.

To learn more about the Special Olympics, you can click on visit them at their website or through their two Facebook pages Here or Here

 

bbbs-logoBig Brothers Big Sisters: Big Brother Big Sisters is working to ensure every child who needs a Mentor, has a Mentor. Their mission is to enrich the lives of young people by delivering and advocating for the highest-quality volunteer-based mentoring programs. Big Brothers Big Sisters has been making a positive difference in the lives of youth by developing and implementing a wide range of mentoring programs. One-to-one and group programs, for both in school and outside of school. They believe that by changing the course of young lives we can in turn change the course of a community’s future. To learn more about Big Brothers Big Sisters, you can visit their website or their Facebook page!

Centra Cares is proud to support each of these organizations and their initiatives, and looks forward to sponsoring them in our up coming Golf Tournament.


Centra Gives New Life to Wagner Hills Centre

When Wagner Hills Ministry contacted Centra’s founder, John Tilstra to assist in the renovation of Wagner Hills “New Life Centre”, the response by Centra was overwhelming!

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Wagner Hills Ministry is a faith based drug and alcohol rehabilitation center that has been operating since 1981. They have both a men and women’s facility, located in the Township of Langley’s Glenn Valley (Men’s Centre) and Campbell Valley (Women’s Centre). Since opening it’s doors in 1981, Wagner Hills has helped close to 5,000 men and women who are trapped in destructive lifestyles. Their programs work to heal men and women in both body, mind and soul, and incorporate counselling, worship, group sharing, bible studies, peer evaluation, education, and much more.

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“The New Life Centre is the building which houses the kitchen and dining area, as well as the classrooms, offices, and counselling. It’s the hub where everything happens. The building is approximately 25 years old, and was in desperate need of a renovation “ says Justin Froelich, Fundraising & Special Events Manager. “When we first reached out to Jeramy, our initial goal was to see if Centra Windows would be able to help us with this specific project.”

Jeramy Smith, Langley Project Manager from Centra Windows, contacted Justin immediately, and after seeing what was needed, set to work helping Wagner Hills in any way possible. Smith says “I have worked with Wagner Hills in the past on three different occasions. They are a great group who do a lot of great things for our community. Businesses strive for profit, but sometimes profits is but aside to reach out and help those in the community. It is a small way we can give back and I was very willing and proud to be able to help out.”

Centra saw a way they could help Wagner Hills, and the result was the providing of all new windows and exterior doors at drastically reduced prices, as well as a $5,000 donation to the organization.

Garett Wall, President & CEO says: “We’ve been in business for over 30 years in BC. One of the things we learned early on is that success in business means you can’t take without giving back. Being a good corporate citizen is more than just creating jobs, it’s about supporting the communities in which we operate. You have to connect with community and find ways to align and support it. There are many individuals and groups who rely on donations and support from business to fill in the gaps for government funding or to support increasing competition from charitable organizations”.

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“The response in donation of material, funds, and volunteer work that we received from Centra Windows was overwhelming to say the least. Many of our residents were clapping and giving each other high fives when we announced to them Centra’s involvement” says Froelich “ I want to personally thank you all on behalf of everyone at Wagner Hills Farm Society. To have companies and supporters like Centra Windows allow us to continue to help those who are stuck in addiction. Many of our residents go on to completely change their lives and give back to the community. None of this is possible without companies like Centra. “


Centra Windows’ generous gift to NOW Canada Society

When NOW Canada Society asked Centra Windows to come and provide a quote for replacing the windows in one of their safe homes, they were not prepared for what came next!

Based in Kelowna since 1998, NOW is a non-profit organization that provides a variety of housing and programs for women, youth and children who are vulnerable and at-risk.

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“This safe house was built in the 1960’s and its windows were well past their sell-by date” says Liz Talbott, Executive Director.  “We knew we needed new windows so wanted to get a quote to know how much money we had to go about raising”.

Chad Guidi, Kelowna Sales Estimator from Centra Windows met with NOW Canada staff and after seeing the society’s need, took the issue back to the Centra team.  Guidi says “I was happy to help NOW Canada as I am involved with the youth metal health programs in Kelowna, so this particular job held a special spot close to my heart.”  This resulted in Centra donating all the windows, screens and the front door to the society, and the installers generously donated their time to install the windows.

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Garett Wall, President & CEO says: “We’ve been in business for over 30 years in BC. One of the things we learned early on is that success in business means you can’t take without giving back. Being a good corporate citizen is more than just creating jobs, it’s about supporting the communities in which we operate. You have to connect with community and find ways to align and support it. There are many individuals and groups who rely on donations and support from business to fill in the gaps for government funding or to support increasing competition from charitable organizations”.

That’s where organizations like Centra can make a difference, whether it’s communities in need with a donation of sorts or a charitable organization in need of new windows or restoration work.

“At Centra we’re very proud of our people and culture, because giving is at the heart of who we are. Giving at Centra’s isn’t about writing cheques, it’s about the giving of time and resources of Centra employee owners to be able to contribute something more than just money, it’s important for us to ensure our communities understand that Centra does care, and so the name of our recently launched foundation in 2015, Centra Cares. We couldn’t be more proud to support the Now Canada Society and the good work they do.”

“Such kindness should not go unrecognized” say Liz Talbott, “NOW Canada is truly grateful to the wonderful folk at Centra Windows.   NOW wishes to thank the generosity of Garett Wall, Ed Vandermeer, Anton Van Dyk and the fabulous installers Darren, Jamie, Peter, Kyle, Sam, Rick, Bryan.  A special ‘thank you’ to Chad – for recognizing the need and for making this happen.”

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Liz Talbott, Executive Director

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Nicaragua: Project Complete and Reflection

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Wow, our team managed to complete everything we were tasked to do, and then some (minus a couple rooms of electrical). This was one of the most rewarding experiences I have ever been a part of. I strangely loved the grueling work and getting my hands dirty, especially in mixing cement. I also got to happily engrave ‘Centra 2015” in the concrete walk way. It was incredible to see all the children around us every day, taking the shovels out of our hands and wanting to help. Even with the language barrier, we could tell they were so happy we were there and wanted to help us. It felt so great knowing Centra was a part of this clinic project that will help many people for years to come when complete in early 2016.

It is crazy how fast and stressful  life can be sometimes for us here in Canada.  Being in Nicaragua reminded me that sometimes, one just needs to slow down and appreciate the things that matter the most; the love and support of family and the community around you. I envy the Nicaraguans ability to adapt and be resourceful in a simplistic life, with little to no technology or machinery, as they know no other way.  Even though they do not have access to an abundance of food or water (two things that we take for granted every day), they are so happy and always greeted us every day with smiles on their faces and let us into their homes to just look and see what it was like to live there. Wally and Esther with La Semilla Ministries are so inspiring, and what they do in Nicaragua helped me really appreciate life in a whole different way. I am very grateful to John for including me on this trip.

Jessica O’Brien